About the Internship Program

The Symphony Space Internship Program offers excellent professional/educational experience and training in the areas of arts administration and production. All interns are individually supervised by department staff and will have regular consultations with our Internship Program Coordinator. All interns are involved in our day-to-day operations and attend departmental meetings and bi-weekly staff meetings. Additionally, there are career development seminars led by Symphony Space professionals and guests. College credits may be available.

Time: Our program offers two sessions, a summer session (June - August) and a season-long session (September - May). Hours vary - see descriptions below.

The following departments will NOT be accepting internships for Summer 2018:

Artistic Director
Performing Arts

Stipend: Summer internships are unpaid. There is a stipend for fall/spring internships, which vary. Internship positions of 30 hours per week receive a $100 weekly stipend. Internships with fewer hours are pro-rated. College credit may be available.

How to apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter indicating area of interest. Please put "Internship in ___" filling in the name of the internship that interests you in the subject line, as well as season/summer. For example: "Internship in Education, Season" or "Internship in Literary Department, Summer."

Send to:

Internship Program
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY
No calls, please.

Internships are offered in the following areas

+Performing Arts (Not available Summer 2018)

The performing arts intern assists the Performing Arts Department of Symphony Space in the administration and production of over 50 events per year in our music, theater, and family programs. The intern should have strong writing, editing, and research skills; a professional and friendly manner when communicating with artists, both via email and in-person; and a cool head when it comes to making judgment calls. Knowledge of the performing arts strongly preferred, but not required. Experience in stage management and/or production management is desirable. Flexibility in office hours, but some evenings and weekends required. (20 hours/week​; $66/week)

+Intern to the Artistic Director (Not available Summer 2018)

The Intern to the Artistic Director works with the Artistic Director of Symphony Space, Andrew Byrne. The intern assists Mr. Byrne with the preparation and administration of Symphony Space programming, which includes music, literature in performance, family programming, film, public affairs programming, as well as a robust arts-in-education program. The intern will have broad exposure to many facets of arts administration; it is an excellent opportunity for persons interested in curating, and executive level arts management.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a high level of administrative and organizational skills, the ability to write well, highly developed research skills, and a knowledge of and interest in the performing arts. (20-30 hours/week; $66-100/week)


The Audio/Video Intern works with the Marketing Department on recording, taping, editing and publishing various audio and video projects, including Symphony Space Live (archival audio recordings of Symphony Space shows), intros for story downloads in the online Shop, and promotional podcasts and video promos for events. Tasks include editing video and audio projects, uploading audio files for online streaming, administrative management of media files and inventory, and occasionally writing copy and recording talent. The Audio/Video Intern works with the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media. Experience with online content management tools, Adobe Premiere and ProTools preferred. (30 hours per week; $100/week)

+Literary Department

The Literary Intern provides assistance to the producers in all aspects of the literary department programs, which include Selected Shorts: Let Us Tell You A Story, a 12 program live reading series with readings by actors; the Thalia Book Club, a series that brings authors into conversation with the audience about new books and classics; the Thalia Kids' Book Club for kids ages 9-12; the Selected Shorts Radio Series, a 52-week series broadcast on public radio stations nationwide; Uptown Showdown, a comedy debate series; Selected Shorts on Tour; Bloomsday on Broadway; and Selected Shorts: All Write!, a program produced with the Education Department.  (20-25 hours per week, plus select events; $66-83/week)

+Education (Not Available Summer 2018)

The Education Intern assists in the administration of Symphony Space's education programs: Global Arts: cultural literacy & heritage is an arts education program focusing on using the arts as primary source documents integrated into the social studies curriculum. We provide in-class workshops, after school programs and interactive cultural performances held at Symphony Space. We serve over 12,000 New York City public, private and charter school students and their teachers throughout the five boroughs. Selected Shorts: All Write!, an adult literacy program modeled on Symphony Space's nationally acclaimed Selected Shorts program, serves New York City adult literacy and ESL students and their teachers. The Education Intern works closely with the Education Director and Manager of Education Programs. (20-25 hours per week; $66-83/week)

+Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Intern works with the Marketing Department to create digital advertisements, flyers, house programs, posters and other promotional materials (both print and web). This intern also helps the department with general marketing tasks (posting listings, poster rotation, etc) in support of a busy calendar with 200 events annually produced by Symphony Space. Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Creative Suite required. Please provide a portfolio of work (either personal work or professional) that demonstrates these skills. (30 hours per week; $100/week)

+Social Media

The Social Media Intern assists the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media to increase the visibility of Symphony Space via multiple online channels. This intern writes and posts material for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and other social media outlets; participates in live-event coverage; prepares and sends newsletters and e-cards; collects and monitors data, traffic and other stats; helps build campaigns for increasing audience engagement (e.g., contests and polls); and maintains cross-promotional relationships with artists and other arts organizations in the New York arts community. Should have experience with short-form writing, basic photo editing skills, and knowledge of social media tools and strategies. Please provide writing samples (can be from personal blog, academic work or published clips). (20 hours per week; $66/week)


The Development intern assists with daily operations including prospect research, administrative tasks, and drafting correspondence and reports. Interns will gain exposure to fundraising at a non-profit performing arts institution with tasks specific to Special Events, Individual Giving, Membership, and Institutional Giving.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with special event planning and implementation;

  • Assisting with web-based and telephone research to identify and update information for contacts;

  • Maintaining the prospect management system and other miscellaneous tasks;

  • Administrative office duties such mailing, faxing, filing, etc.;

  • Assisting in grant proposal and report development, as needed.

Qualifications: Applicants must have strong writing and research skills, computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel, and excellent communication and organization skills. (20-30 hours per week; $66-$100/week)

+Finance & Accounting

The Accounting/Finance Intern assists with tasks in the Finance Department focusing mostly on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Areas of work include:

  • Cash receipts (Rentals, Café Sales, Ticketing, miscellaneous deposits, etc.)

  • Preparing bank deposits and re-coding them in Blackbaud’s Financial Edge System

  • Month-End Close: Event Income computations, Webstore activity, etc.

  • Monthly Account reconciliations: reconciling the Rentals Deposits, Credit-Card, Deferred Incomes account, etc.

  • Other projects as necessary.

(20 hours per week; $66/week)


Film at Symphony Space consists of a documentary film series, Theatre in HD, and themed film programs. The intern assists the Director of Film Programs with:

  • In-house copying of flyers

  • Shipping and receiving of Blu-Ray discs

  • Handling digital media and support materials

  • Event management on the website

  • Data entry of income and expenses.

(15 hours/week; $50/week)


The Hospitality intern's focus is Bar Thalia, the food and beverage hub of Symphony Space. The intern is exposed to all aspects of bar management. Responsibilities include three main components, front of house, back of house, and administrative:

  • FOH would cover service, host/hostess, barback/food runner, learning Aloha POS system

  • BOH consists of restocking and prep for regular bar shifts, concessions shifts, as well as private events and receptions

  • Administrative work includes drafting and revising event invoices, drafting music agreements, updating web calendar listings

  • Assisting with creation of marketing and promotional offers (including updates to social media)

  • Applicants should be familiar with Word and Excel

Nights and weekend availability a plus.

(20 hours per week; $66/week)